Jack Stauder, a cultural anthropology professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, claims that “socialism doesn’t work,” after he witnessed first-hand the shortcomings of Marxist principles while traveling the globe.
In an interview with the College Fix, Stauder described visiting many of the countries that had tried to shape their societies to conform to [Marxist] doctrines” and being “disillusioned by the realities [he] saw.”
“I came to recognize that socialism doesn’t work, and that its ‘revolutionary’ imposition inevitably leads to cruelty, injustice and the loss of freedom,” he explained. “I could see the same pattern in the many failed left-wing revolutions of Latin America and elsewhere.”
Stauder attributes the widely-recognized liberal shift in academia as “a subset of the wider elite culture of the ‘new upper class'” where “those who do not conform tend to be marginalized or suppressed.”
He argued that cultural isolation among the intellectual elites make them “susceptible to ideologies.”
“People seem to feel the need to believe in something, and when intellectuals abandon traditional religion, as most have done, they tend to seek substitutes” like Marxism and other radically-liberal ideologies.
Conversely, Stauder said returning to his roots helped put his experiences in perspective and “helped [his] transition away from the leftist ideology that exists in the intellectual atmosphere of university life.”
“By spending my summers in the Southwest in the company of rural working people, farmers and ranchers, I developed perspectives on the real world very different from those that prevail in the academic world.”